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Enjoy / The Great Outdoors / History & Heritage / Kidderminster

Hartlebury Castle

Discover Worcestershire's story, explore the magnificent grounds, and follow in the footsteps of Royalty as you enjoy a visit to Hartlebury Castle and Worcestershire County Museum.

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Hartlebury Castle has a fascinating history, with many intriguing stories to tell. First given to Bishop Aelhun in 855AD, the Castle continued to be home to the Bishops of Worcester right up until 2007. Today, the Castle is made up of two sections; the Bishop's House and Worcestershire County Museum.The venue was named a Visit England Hidden Gem in 2019, a national award for smaller attractions that offer a excellent visitor experience and memorable visits.Home to the Bishops of Worcester for over 1000 years, you can now discover more of Hartlebury Castle's unique story. Explore rooms in the Castle, promenade along the restored Long Gallery and marvel at talking portraits! Follow in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth I, King George III and Queen Charlotte as you explore the historic grounds, and enjoy hands-on activities and unearth stories about the Castle and those that lived there.Visit Worcestershire County Museum to discover over 1000 years of history.Learn more about this fascinating county; explore the past through room sets and real historical objects and discover just what life was like for our ancestors. From costume to gypsy caravans and archaeology to toys, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.The Bishop's Table CafeThe Bishop's Table cafe serves a delicious selection of hot drinks, cakes and lunches. Pop in for a cappuccino and a cake, try the Bishop's Burger for lunch, or relax over a leisurely afternoon tea.The cafe accepts all major credit cards and is available during Hartlebury Castle's opening hours. For more information, call the cafe on 01299 251901.Menu available to download from our website.TheCastle ShopTheCastle Shop sells a wide range of quality cards, crafts and gifts to suit all pockets. With areas dedicated to home, garden, arts and toys there is sure to be something for everyone.

Good to Know...

Last entry is 4pm. Dogs are allowed in the grounds of the Castle.On some days, due to private functions, the Bishops Palace, State Rooms and Grounds will be closed to visitors. On these days you can still visit the County Museum and learn all about the history of the County of Worcestershire.Please note we are closed between 24 December and 31 January.


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Whilst you are here...

Hartlebury Common Local Nature Reserve isn't far away

A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Worcestershire's most important and largest remaining heathland area. Woodland, Heather clad hills, a rare acid bog and pool and a brook that attracts an abundance of wildlife.

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